I look for educational opportunities everywhere. And yes, I think TV is of some value in our lives. Psych is an awesome example of this. I can’t call it educational in a traditional way, but because we talk about the little things that pop up in the show, I know my oldest has learned some interesting (and funny) things from watching it with me . It’s a bonding experience.
It creeps into our conversations constantly.
For example, when anyone mentions butter, the Butterfly says, “I can’t help it Shaun, my body craves buttery goodness.” Her Gus impression is spot on. Really, it’s pretty good for a little girl imitating a 30-something man. My apologies, Dule Hill, if you are younger. I’m too lazy to look up your age.
The Adventurer (days away from turning 13) and I had this conversation this morning:
A: What color Yogibo am I getting for my birthday?
Me: I never said you were getting a Yogibo.
A: But you asked me what color I wanted! Grandma is getting it for me, right?
Me: I have no idea what you are talking about. (The Yogibo is in the basement at this very moment).
A: Mom!!! I know, you know that I know that you’re not telling truth!
And then we went into Psych quoting mode and she forgot all about hounding me over the Yogibo.
I started thinking about some of the many things she’s learned from watching Psych. I hit pause often to give her important background information, like, “that guy, do you remember him? He was in the Princess Bride, except he was young,” or “that guy used to play Hercules” or “this episode is a spoof on a show called Twin Peaks…see it’s called Dual Spires.” She probably finds this annoying, but I can’t help myself.
So here’s the list. It’s only 11, but I could go on all day.
- The 80’s were awesome. Okay, she doesn’t actually think that, but she has a firm grip on 80’s pop culture. That is essential information for living with gen-x parents.
- Canadians are extremely polite.
- What’s Bollywood? She knows now.
- How to be hyper-observant. She was pretty observant to begin with, but she’s even sharper now.
- How to beat a lie detector test. Hopefully, she will never need this.
- How to spot a pineapple in a crowded room.
- Crime scene investigation. She spent two weeks studying this on her own- from examining fingerprints and ballistics, to how to conduct an autopsy.
- The definition of “pimp.” Hey, I never said everything she learned was wholesome.
- Male models may look good, but they aren’t too swift.
- Roller Derby is still around, but not a viable career path for her.
- The importance of using Stealth Mode.
Here’s a taste of Psych, in case you need a fix. If it’s all new to you, I suggest starting on the first episode and watching it compulsively straight through(thank you Netflix).